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Gov’t, Mobile Carriers Unite to Monitor Infectious Diseases

Gov’t, Mobile Carriers Unite to Monitor Infectious Diseases

SEOUL, Apr. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s health authorities and the nation’s three mobile carriers launched a collaboration Thursday to monitor and prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Under an agreement between the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and SK Telecom Co., KT Corp. and LG Uplus Corp., the authorities will [...]

Korea Establishes World’s First Nationwide IoT Network

Korea Establishes World’s First Nationwide IoT Network

SEOUL, July 5 (Korea Bizwire) – SK Telecom (SKT), Korea’s leading network operator, launched a nationwide Internet of Things network Monday that uses its LoRa (long-range) network exclusive to IoT communications. This is the first time for a country to establish an IoT-exclusive nationwide network with a single control center. With the new system, a wide [...]

Telecommunications Companies Clash Over Market Dominance

Telecommunications Companies Clash Over Market Dominance

SEOUL, March 31 (Korea Bizwire) – The three major telecommunications companies clashing over SK Telecom’s purchase of CJ Hellovision are once again butting heads as they have different interpretations of the Broadcast Market Competition Assessment issued by the Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI). KT and LGU+ were concerned that the influence SK Telecom is casting [...]

Gov’t to Invest 1 Tln Won in Artificial Intelligence

Gov’t to Invest 1 Tln Won in Artificial Intelligence

SEOUL, March 17 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean government announced Thursday it would spend 1 trillion won (US$840 million) by 2020 to boost the artificial intelligence industry. It also plans to support the civilian-led establishment of a high-profile research center tasked with serving as a “pivot” of the nation’s research and development in the field. [...]

Home IoT Services Surge in 2016

Home IoT Services Surge in 2016

SEOUL, Jan.11 (Korea Bizwire) – The three big telecom companies in Korea are set to launch various IoT (Internet of Things) services, expanding the market. According to an industry report, nearly 60 home IoT services will be launched during the first half of this year. SK Telecom launched a new brand called Smart Home in [...]

Cell Phone Vendors Prey on Customers with False Promises of Illegal Monetary Support

Cell Phone Vendors Prey on Customers with False Promises of Illegal Monetary Support

SEOUL, May 14 (Korea Bizwire) — As the Korean government has banned monetary incentives to customers buying cell phones, some bizarre stories about illegal offers are circulating around the web. Since all forms of monetary incentives are now illegal, some phone sellers are secretly providing cash support to buyers using secret code, such as 40 [...]

More Than 60,000 Turned Towards Discount Phone Services in January

More Than 60,000 Turned Towards Discount Phone Services in January

SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Korea Bizwire) – Koreans are on an exodus to the land of MVNO discount phone services, fleeing from mobile network operators such as SKT and KT. According to a report from the Korea Telecommunications Operators Association (KTOA) on February 2, the number of added net subscribers of MVNOs reached 64,500 in January alone, [...]